The most important thing to remember when it comes to talking about difficult subjects like drinking and drugs is that it’s not about a 5-minute “talk” - it’s about building an ongoing dialogue. These guidelines are based on the recommendations of the National Drug Council.
STEP 1: Be absolutely clear with your kids that you don’t want them using drugs. Ever. Anywhere. Don’t leave room for interpretation.
STEP 2: Talk often about the dangers and results of drug and alcohol abuse. Once or twice per year won’t do it.
STEP 3: Be a better listener. Ask questions and encourage them. Paraphrase what your child says to you. Ask for your children’s input about family decisions.
STEP 4: Give honest answers. Some parents who used drugs in the past choose to lie about it, but they risk losing their credibility if their children discover the truth.
This does not mean that you need to recount every moment of your experience - some details should remain private.
STEP 5: Ask clarifying questions to make sure you understand exactly what your child is asking, and why, before answering questions about your past drug use, and limit your response to that information.
STEP 6: Use NDC reports, antidrug commercials, news or school discussions about drugs to help you introduce the subject in a natural, unforced way.
STEP 7: Don’t react in a way that will cut off further discussion. If your child makes statements that challenge or shock you, turn them into a calm discussion of why your child thinks people use drugs, or whether the effect is worth the risk.
STEP 8: Role-play with your child and practice ways to refuse drugs and alcohol in different situations. Acknowledge how tough these moments can be.
Tips & Warnings
It’s never too early to show that you take your kids seriously; the questions will come as soon as they learn to talk.
Showing your willingness to listen will make your child feel more comfortable about opening up to you.
Although virtually all parents in say they’ve talked with their children about drugs, only a few teens say they’re learning a lot at home about the risks of drugs.
The National Drug Council (NDC) is an independent statutory body set up under the National Drug Council Law, 1997 to co-ordinate anti-drug measures in the Cayman Islands. The National Drug Council consists of 13 council members and an office which serves as the secretariat.
To keep under review the situation in the islands with respect to the abuse of drugs.
To formulate and develop drug prevention and rehabilitation policies and programmes.
To advise the Minister on drug prevention and rehabilitation policies and programmes; the licensing and operation of treatment and rehabilitation centres; drug supply control measures; and law reform relating to the misuse of drugs.
To educate the public, particularly the young, on the dangers of drug abuse, and to initiate, sponsor and support conferences, seminars, and meetings related to drug abuse.
To promote and support training in the field of Drug Abuse Prevention and Rehabilitation.
To promote and encourage the establishment of a system to coordinate the treatment and rehabilitation of drug abusers and the care of persons associated with drug abusers.
To establish and operate treatment centres.
To conduct research into, and develop and maintain a database of information on drug abuse in the islands.
The NDC's mandate is to provide policy advice, information, develop programmes and conduct research in the following key areas:
Education, in particular young people
Treatment & Rehabilitation
We do this through:
Conferences, seminars and meetings related to drug abuse
Studies, reports and other documentation on drug abuse
Information systems and databases on policies, programmes and research on drug abuse
Information on the availability and supply of drugs likely to be abused
Legislation relating to the misuse of drugs
National Drug Council
P.O. Box10007,Unit 17 & 18 Caymanian Village, North Sound RoadGrand Cayman KY1-1001,Cayman Islands